Q&A With Brent Elliott Of Four Roses

Master Distiller Brent Elliott

A Chat With Lawrenceburg, Kentucky’s Newest Master Distiller By Richard Thomas The September 1st retirement of Jim Rutledge, Four Roses’ longtime Master Distiller and the architect of the distillery’s comeback from relative obscurity, drew plenty of press coverage, and rightfully so. It was the last day in a full, respected and accomplished career, but sometimes overlooked was that September 1st ...

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The Bourbon Berry Bramble

Bourbon Berry Bramble

By Julia Ritz Toffoli One of my favorite childhood memories is going wild berry picking with my grandfather in the south of France. Papie Roger—Grandpa Roger—was a life-long lover of the outdoors, and knew more about edible plants than anyone else I’ve ever met. While my brother and I reveled in the berry-laden bushes—stuffing more blueberries into our mouths than ...

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old Scotch Review

Lagavulin 16 YO

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- Among the offerings in Diageo’s Classic Malts collection, arguably the most classic single malt after Talisker 10 Year Old is Lagavulin 16 Year Old. Like the other Classic Malts, Lagavulin 16 is the flagship expression from its distillery, and in this case the distillery in question is the Islay entry in the collection. Add the ...

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Touring Scapa Distillery

Scapa Distillery

By Richard Thomas Even before Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known simply as Hadrian, decided to keep his legionaries busy by erecting a wall clear across the neck of Britain, Scotland has been synonymous with “remote.” Much of it became less so over time, first as the mainstream of Europe shifted north and then with unification with England, but even today ...

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